Mac OS X – Hebrerw/English keyboard layout switch with CapsLock

Layout SwitchI bought myself a new MacBook Pro this week (So much fun!) and I wanted to have the same keyboard layout switch I had on my Ubuntu machine – Using CapsLock, which is useless otherwise.

After googeling around I found 2 relevant results –

The first is this post – http://hellomacworld.blogspot.com/2007/12/hebrew-keyboard-layout.html
By a guy who created a keyboard layout for the mac where shift+<key> prints out an English Capital letter (like everywhere else but OSX, I never understood this choice by Apple)

The second is an application called Ukelele that is a really good keyboard layout editing software for Macs.

I then created a keyboard layout that combines both needs –

When CapsLock is off, The layout is Hebrew, and with shift+<key> you get English Capitals (Changed only the letters, everything else is like the Hebrew layout)

When CapsLock on – The layout is the standard English US layout.

All other Modifier keys layouts, like command+<key>, option+<key> etc. are like in the Hebrew layout (for Nikud for example).

You can Download the layout from here (OS X 10.2 and up) – Heb-Eng.zip

To use it:

1. Extract the .zip to /Users/[your user name]/Library/Keyboard Layouts.
2. Log off and back on (else the layout won’t work)
3. Go to International in System Preferences and select the “Heb/Eng” Layout (It has a half US half Israel flag icon)
4. Thats it, Switch to the layout and use CapsLock to switch languages, when the light if off you are in Hebrew mode, when on in English mode.

* One drawback – In non-native apps (like Firefox) the cursor direction will always be the hebrew cursor – pointing to the left.

3 thoughts on “Mac OS X – Hebrerw/English keyboard layout switch with CapsLock

    1. Tom Bigelajzen Post author

      Thanks 🙂

      Please note that there one notable drawback:
      Some programs don’t recognize shortcuts when in this keyboard state, I don’t know if it is because I mapped something wrong or because they are not using native OS X shortcuts.

  1. yoyo

    did what the list says. i don’t have an international tab in the system preferences… where do i find it?

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